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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona November 13th 2014

SALONIKI or THESSALONIKI. November 10/11. Monday, magnificent blue sky and sunny, amazing how much of a difference it makes. Today walked the beautiful foreshore about 12 km return. Views across the harbour to the city centre. The city is named after the half sister of Alexander The Great, who was born in this region of Macedonia. Greece has a huge argument with the country of Macedonia over the name and has exercised its veto on allowing the country to enter the EU. The people here in the north are lighter skinned and have lighter hair colouring- THE GOLDEN GREEK! The cafes are full. Apparently the Frappe coffee was created in T. A very cosmopolitan city and one we have enjoyed. It is unfortunate about the Graffiti. Ataturk, Mustafa Kemal, the first Turkish President was born here, ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona November 3rd 2014

Just a few pics from Lisbon, Gib & Barcelona... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona November 2nd 2014

Hello! Or, shall i say Hola... Speaking of Hola, the first language in Spain is not Spanish as I thought prior to my visit there. The first langauge is Catalan in Spain, and Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya. Catalunya is the It did seem that most people we talked to spoke Spanish as well, so I was able to use the minimal Spanish speaking I have in the back of my mind from middle and high school. It came in handy with some people at the hostel and people at shops and markets. I can speak more Spanish than Italian, so maybe I seemed less like a tourist in Barcelona.... ; ) I also think most people spoke English or Spanish because we were in the tourist area of Barcelona. We arrived in Barcelona about ... read more
The Whole Crew of teachers
La Sagrada Familia
Market

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 28th 2014

After returning from Northern Ireland, it was a pretty uneventful week. Then, on Thursday, I had what would have been my last day of classes before what is called reading week, where we basically have a week off to work on our papers before they are due. I decided to make the most of my time off by doing some traveling, so I ended up skipping my Thursday lecture in order to start my break a bit early. I would first be traveling to Barcelona to visit the Daeufels, family friends who used to be our neighbors but recently got transferred to Spain. I arrived late Thursday evening and Georgianne took me back to their house after picking me up from the airport. The first thing that I noticed was the warm weather and the palm ... read more
Barcelona vs. Madrid Futbol Game
Walking tour of Barcelona
Walking tour of Barcelona

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 28th 2014

Blog for 21st After spending the rest of the afternoon exploring the old city and snoozing the warm Spanish sun, I headed back to the hostel to make Benji look presentable. First of all I had to take all the accessories off him, they were undoubtedly not worth keeping or trying to sell on. They had limped over the line into Pamplona. So after removing the rack, which ended up in about 5 different pieces, and the panniers, which were also starting to disintegrate, I made the long slow march to the Cash Converters. I had one last little ride on him for old times’ sake, a melancholic experience. The slow goodbye was only exasperated by the fact that I was waiting in the storefront side of the business. After waiting to be served for an ... read more

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 26th 2014

Woke up at the crack of dawn clocks went back last night, with modern technology all our gadgets reset themselves...or did they...? So basically had no idea what the time was, had to text Karen to confirm! It was 8am but by that time I was wide awake and ready to get going, dragged Alex up got showered, sat on the suitcases again to sqeeze them closed and headed out to get a cab to the port. As the cab turned into the port the imposing sight of the magnificent Norwegian Epic rose into view, 15 decks high, 350 metres long, passnger capacity of 4,300, crew of 1,700, the third largest cruise ship in the world. Now on our last cruise from port of Miami everything was super swish and efficient, I guess I should have ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 25th 2014

We couldnt visit the home of one of the most famous football clubs in the world and not visit the stadium. Up and out, early doors, bought tickets for the open top bus tour, seemed the best way to see some sights and get a ride to Barcelona FC's Camp Nou. With hindsight a taxi would have been quicker as the bus took the longest route round and when we later Wanted to do some more sightseeing we had to jump on another bus which took another long route to where we wanted to go. The Camp Nou was amazing, a feast of footballing fabulousness! The trophy cabinet put and Premier League club to shame and even as a dIehard Man Utd fan I bowed to the greatness that os FC Barcelona. After the museum tour ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 25th 2014

Saturday 25th October 2014 BARCELONA The train journey from our home in Alicante to Barcelona, about five hundred kilometres north, was as good as expected. Train travel in Spain is exceptionally good, with reserved seats for everyone (no standing) in clean carriages running on modern smooth track. The cleaners travel on the train so the loos stay clean to the end of the line. Our son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Mam, picked us up from home and took us to Alicante train station. The sun shone all the way. Yesterday we had our last dips in the pool at home, took our dog, Mutley to their house for his holidays and went out for a Chinese meal. We still haven’t got it fully into our joint consciousness that the next time we see our home will ... read more
Alicante Station

Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona » Barcelona October 24th 2014

Yipeee! At last, the time has come, after a busy working year, thankfully a positive and profitable one with the help of our hard-working team, we survived another long hot summer and are packed ad ready to go. When I say packed, I actually mean, packed, weighed, unpacked, repacked, weighed, shuffle between cases, repack, reweigh, argue, stress, unpack and finally lock the suitcase. Oh and then do the same with the carry-on baggage. Due to flight timings and the cruise departing on a Sunday we had to fly to Barcelona on the Friday, giving us two days to enjoy the city, result! A short and very civilised flight from Almeria to Barcelona, checked into our cute little Pension, in a great location, close to the port, next to La Rambla and just around the corner from ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Catalonia » Barcelona October 22nd 2014

We are getting ready to leave Catalonia so it was something of a novelty to travel into Barcelona three times in less than a fortnight! The first time was to see a group of friends who were visiting from Wales. We were members of the "South Wales Travelbugs" at their formation ten years ago but shortly afterwards we left to go travelling. We still keep in touch and meet up whenever we can. We went to visit Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia which we had seen from the outside many times. Inside it is amazing with colours not normally seen inside a church. The use of stained glass is wonderful and it's certainly a quirky cathedral in many, many ways. We paid extra to go in a lift up the Nativity Tower. At ... read more
View from Sagrada Familia
Parc de la Ciutadella
Parc Horta Hedge Maze




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